Live your racing-driver dreams in this title-winning Cortina!

| 4 Jun 2019
Classic & Sports Car – Live your racing-driver dreams in this title-winning Cortina!

Admit it: you think you’re a pretty good driver. You might even harbour aspirations to one day be a racing driver yourself.

Well, one bidder will come a step closer to making his or her dreams a reality at next month’s Silverstone Auctions sale.

Going under the hammer is this Ford Lotus Cortina, which Sir John Whitmore drove to the 1965 European Touring Car Championship, so someone really will be sitting in the seat of a champion.

Pretty cool, eh? Undoubtedly. But, according to the auction house’s estimate, you’ll need around £190-220,000 if you want to call this racer your own.

Classic & Sports Car – Live your racing-driver dreams in this title-winning Cortina!
Whitmore and his Cortina heading to victory at the Snetterton 500km, during his winning 1965 European Touring Car Championship campaign

For British touring-car fans, an Alan Mann Racing-prepared car like this is something pretty special, and this car’s associations with the sport’s greats keep on coming.

That Whitmore swept to the ’65 European Touring Car Championship in it in such emphatic style – winning eight of the nine rounds – is impressive on its own.

However, Whitmore also shared this car with none other than Jack Sears, and together they won the 1965 Nürburgring six-hour race, establishing a new lap record in the process.

When that year’s season drew to a close, the Cortina was retired from competition and embarked on a promotional tour with Ford. 

Classic & Sports Car – Live your racing-driver dreams in this title-winning Cortina!
Classic & Sports Car – Live your racing-driver dreams in this title-winning Cortina!
You could really be sitting in a champion’s seat if you’re the winning bidder next month

Whitmore bought it in 1967 and held onto it until 1995, during which time it was on show at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu from 1972-’78 and it spent some time at Sears’ Norfolk farm.

Its next custodian was an American enthusiast committed to preserving its history who did around 1000 miles in it, before it returned to the UK in 2013 and went to auction.

The car has now almost come full circle, as it is currently owned by a family friend of the Manns.

It will be sold with 11,464 mainly racing miles on its odometer, and a history that includes period photographs, correspondence, results and articles from Autosport.

If all this is too much to resist, it will be going under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Silverstone Classic Sale on 27-28 July – check out the full lot list here.

Images: Silverstone Auctions/Motorsport Images


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